This year Vantaa provides influenza vaccinations also on Saturdays
The seasonal flu is a respiratory infection much more serious than an ordinary flu; it can also cause severe sequelae, that is, secondary diseases. The best protection against influenza is the seasonal flu vaccine, and the majority of those who take the vaccine are saved from the disease. If a person who has taken the vaccine still gets the flu, the flu is usually milder.
In addition to vaccinations on weekdays, this year health centers are for the first time testing giving vaccinations on two November Saturdays. Koivukylä, Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers will give the influenza vaccinations on the following Saturdays: November 11 and November 18, 2017. After this, all health centers will give the flu vaccinations on weekdays from November 20 to December 1, 2017. Family counseling clinics will vaccinate pregnant women, children ages 6-35 months, as well as their family members. You can check the more detailed vaccination schedule online at: www.vantaa.fi/influenza.
The free-of-charge vaccine is recommended especially for those belonging to the risk groups
Influenza can be especially severe for those belonging to the risk groups.
People 65 and older, small children, and pregnant women have an intensified risk of contracting severe influenza. The risk group also includes people, regardless of age, whose immunity is diminished due to a disease or its treatment. People belonging to the risk groups are in danger of severe complications.
The seasonal flu vaccination must be retaken on an annual basis. Seasonal flu viruses are constantly changing, which is why last year’s seasonal flu vaccine will not protect you against the coming seasonal flu.
At the same visit, you can also protect yourself against pneumococcal disease
When you are taking the flu vaccine, you can at the same time take the pneumococcal vaccine, which is subject to a charge.
Pneumococcus is the most significant cause of bacterial infections in Finland. At its mildest, it may cause unpleasant but fairly harmless diseases such as sinusitis and ear infection. Under certain circumstances, however, it may cause severe diseases. For adults, the most common severe disease caused by pneumococcus is pneumonia.
The risk of contracting a severe pneumococcal disease increases with age. You can reduce your risk of catching a pneumococcal disease by quitting smoking, avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol, taking the vaccine, as well as good hand hygiene and treatment of underlying conditions.
The pneumococcal vaccine is subject to a charge and requires a doctor's prescription, which you can ask from your own health center. If a doctor deems the vaccine beneficial to you, you will get the prescription and can buy the vaccine at a pharmacy. Take the pneumococcal vaccine with you to the health center; it will be given at the same time as your flu vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccinations of the national vaccination program have already been used for decades. Also pneumococcal vaccines have been long in use; several hundreds of millions of pneumococcal vaccines have been given to children and adults all over the world.